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puritanical

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj puritanical morally rigorous and strict "the puritan work ethic","puritanic distaste for alcohol","she was anything but puritanical in her behavior"
    • adj puritanical exaggeratedly proper "my straitlaced Aunt Anna doesn't approve of my miniskirts"
    • adj puritanical of or relating to Puritans or Puritanism
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: To be born on Sunday was considered a sign of great sin during the Puritan times
    • Puritanical Of or pertaining to the Puritans, or to their doctrines and practice.
    • Puritanical Precise in observance of legal or religious requirements; strict; overscrupulous; rigid; -- often used by way of reproach or contempt. "Paritanical circles, from which plays and novels were strictly excluded.""He had all the puritanic traits, both good and evil."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1649, Massachusetts's Puritan government ruled the following: "Any childe over 16 who shall CURSE or SMITE their natural FATHER or MOTHER, or act in a STUBBORNE or REBELLIOUS manner shall be put to death."
    • puritanical Same as puritanic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Strict Puritan laws had their origins from practical reasons. Smoking was banned farmers would raise badly needed food crops instead of tobacco. Cooking was banned on Sundays to prevent house fires during the long hours the family was at church. Young men were banned from hunting to prevent weapons from falling into Indian hands.
    • adjs Puritanical like a Puritan: rigid: exact
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Quotations

  • Gunther Grass
    Gunther Grass
    “Art is so wonderfully irrational, exuberantly pointless, but necessary all the same. Pointless and yet necessary, that's hard for a puritan to understand.”
  • Joseph Wood Krutch
    Joseph Wood Krutch
    “The most serious charge that can be brought against New England is not Puritanism but February.”
  • Lord Melbourne
    Lord%20Melbourne
    “Once is orthodox, twice is puritanical.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    Gilbert%20K.%20Chesterton
    “A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.”
  • Kenneth Hare
    Kenneth Hare
    “The puritan through life's sweet garden goes to pluck the thorn and cast away the rose.”
  • Thomas B. Macaulay
    Thomas%20B.%20Macaulay
    “The puritan hated bear baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. puritas, purity—purus, pure.

Usage

In literature:

But the name of Villiers was hateful in Puritan ears.
"The Wits and Beaux of Society" by Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton
Penalties for "offences" of this fanciful kind were not common in England; but in Puritan New England they were abundant.
"The Social History of Smoking" by G. L. Apperson
The Puritan women and girls wear black dresses with white lawn kerchiefs and cuffs, and Puritan caps.
"Patriotic Plays and Pageants for Young People" by Constance D'Arcy Mackay
Then the two Puritans would have naught to do with it.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
It was unpopular with the Puritan because he was compelled to share it with the Papist.
"Claverhouse" by Mowbray Morris
My friend, Mr. Curtis, has eloquently stated, in the beginning of his address, the Dutchman's idea of the old Puritan.
"Model Speeches for Practise" by Grenville Kleiser
We simply grace his triumph, and no images may be hung at this feast but the trophies of the Puritan.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol III, After-Dinner Speeches P-Z" by Various
That was a strange Sunday in Puritan Boston.
"Stories of Later American History" by Wilbur F. Gordy
It is a pleasure to come upon a play of the North written in a spirit other than that of revolt against its Puritanism.
"Irish Plays and Playwrights" by Cornelius Weygandt
A strong Puritan onslaught is to be found in the "Anatomie of Abuses" by the Calvinist, Philip Stubbes, first published in 1583.
"Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan" by Clement A. Miles
The case of Udal, a Puritanical clergyman, seems singular even in those arbitrary times.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part D. From Elizabeth to James I." by David Hume
The Puritans enjoyed, undisturbed, their peculiar notions of ecclesiastical government.
"The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 1 of 2)" by George Warburton
The children even of the leading Puritans stood aloof from Puritanism.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
All his children received scriptural names, as was common in Puritan families.
"Log-book of Timothy Boardman" by Samuel W Boardman
Rome hitherto had been poor, she had been puritan.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
He looked a Puritan of the Puritans, forceful, concentrated, and self-contained.
"Reminiscences, 1819-1899" by Julia Ward Howe
The desire of the Puritans of the more pronounced type openly aimed at a permanent closing of the theatres.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7" by Various
Speak of the consequent loss of a thousand Puritan colonists from Virginia, and its effect.
"The Complete Club Book for Women" by Caroline French Benton
Puritanism steadily mellowed under many influences.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 3" by Various
The Puritans, by their opposition to the Court, escaped the evil influences of these extravagances.
"The Colonial Cavalier" by Maud Wilder Goodwin
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In poetry:

Hold fast your Puritan heritage,
But let the free thought of the age
Its light and hope and sweetness add
To the stern faith the fathers had.
"Haverhill" by John Greenleaf Whittier
A puritanic quiet here reviles
The almost whispered warble from the hedge,
And takes a locust's rasping voice and files
The silence to an edge.
"A Country Pathway" by James Whitcomb Riley
"Hoarse ranters, crazed Fifth Monarchists,
Of stripes and bondage braggarts,
Pale Churchmen, with singed rubrics snatched
From Puritanic fagots.
"A Spiritual Manifestation" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The food was scant, the fruits were few
A red-streak glistening here and there;
Perchance in statelier precincts grew
Some stern old Puritanic pear.
"The New Eden" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
I’ve been deceived by a damsel Spanish
And Indian maidens both red and brown,
A black-eyed Turk and a blue-eyed Danish
And a Puritan lassie of Salem town.
"The Constant Cannibal Maid" by Wallace Irwin
Lover of Liberty at heart wast thou,
Above all beauty bright, all music clear:
To thee she bared her bosom and her brow,
Breathing her virgin promise in thine ear,
And bound thee to her with a double vow, —
Exquisite Puritan, grave Cavalier!
"Milton" by Henry Van Dyke

In news:

While these scandals ignite media and political hand-wringing, they are the pathetic artifacts of a Puritan era that long ago should have been shown the door.
Edwards the victim of political Puritanism .
Yes, the New Puritans are in the ascendant.
Banished from Massachusetts, the Puritan minister originated a principle that remains contentious to this day—separation of church and state.
Publisher Who Fought Puritanism, and Won.
At the time, both the Puritans and the King of England were urging settlers to explore and make new settlements.
I am grateful for the long review of my book Catholics, Anglicans and Puritans by Mr Robert Adams.
Puritans not as uptight as you might think.
What do Puritans have to do to get a little respect.
Perhaps We're Less Puritanical.
But in France, we are perhaps less puritanical than Americans about sexual matters.
Remember when Village Voice editor Tony Ortega ran sex ads on the front of his newspaper in an oblique attempt to poke fun at various puritans who had suggested he clean up his classified section.
Using the "destruction of our kids" argument is just part of the puritanical crusade in America to eliminate all adult pleasures while eroding some of our country's most basic constitutional privileges.
The Puritans used it to name a child after the death of an elder sibling.
Kate Schelter Is Working the Puritan Look.
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